Breakfast (& Other Great Things) at Our Hotel in Stockholm

I’m not really a hotel person. It feels weird/wrong to have someone cleaning up after me, and I can never get comfy cozy in a hotel the way I do in an Airbnb.

However, when Michael’s family met up with us, we stayed at the Best Western Plus Time Hotel in Stockholm and it was FANTASTIC.

I loved it for these reasons (about half of which involve food):

1) First, let’s get through the boring practicalities. (So we can talk about the food, amirite?) But for real, point number one: the location is awesome. This hotel is close to the Swedish Museum of Natural History and the Gröna Lund amusement park, and it’s only a 10 minute walk to the nearest metro station to get anywhere else in town.

Best Western Plus Time Hotel | Stockholm | The Travel Medley

I can also recommend the nearby Observatorielunden Park as a beautiful place to watch the sun rise. (Which happened at four o’clock in the morning when we were there in late May. Ridiculous.)

Best Western Plus Time Hotel | Stockholm | The Travel Medley

2) In terms of the decor, it was a little less cookie-cutter hotel, and a little more Scandinavian.

Best Western Plus Time Hotel | Stockholm | The Travel Medley

Bauble light fixtures, patterned pillows, and elephant statues are all YAS in my book. Also, three different colors and styles of couches made me happy.

2) It also had a sauna. Which is a HUGE DEAL in Scandinavia. (More so in Finland than in Sweden, but since we didn’t get an opportunity to try it in Helsinki, Michael and I were excited to give it a shot in Stockholm).

Best Western Plus Time Hotel | Stockholm | The Travel Medley

There’s a full blog post here, but if you don’t read that, just know that the experience was weird and awesome. (And this was definitely the cheapest way to check “going to a sauna” off our Scandinavian culture bucket list.)

3) Our room also gave us a great place to hang out together. Which is not always easy to do with a group of five people at a hotel. (Hellooo awkward clumps of people sitting on the edge of the bed, trying to ignore dirty clothes strewn about the room.)

Best Western Plus Time Hotel | Stockholm | The Travel Medley

We folded up the extra bed you see here to make it a couch.

And there was also a table and some chairs right across from it.

Best Western Plus Time Hotel | Stockholm | The Travel Medley

So we turned the chairs toward the couch to make our own little gathering space. And that way, even when we were at the hotel, we could all hang out, chat, sip on coffee, and plan for upcoming days.

4) There was also a fully-functional kitchen in our hotel room, which I LOVED. (I sincerely wish this was a thing in all hotels.) Part of Swedish culture is the tendency to cook meals at home rather than going out to restaurants (🙌), and this shows in their hotel design.

Best Western Plus Time Hotel | Stockholm | The Travel Medley

Allow me to reiterate. There was an entire kitchen inside of our hotel room.

There was also a grocery store next door to the hotel, so we gathered some supplies and cooked salmon and veggies in our room! (Healthier, cheaper, and do-it-yourself meals = major bonus points from The Travel Medley.)

5) However, with that said… if you happen to be craving a delicious hamburger, a little food stand called “Franky’s” is less than a 10 minute walk away, and it’s highly recommended too. 😉

Best Western Plus Time Hotel | Stockholm | The Travel Medley

Just FYI, the owner will wonder (and ask) how on earth you found this place, since it’s basically just a shack in the middle of the sidewalk in a relatively low-key area of Stockholm.

6) And last, but certainly not least, another MAJOR food-related advantage of this hotel was the SMÖRGÅSBORD-STYLE BREAKFAST. Omgggggg you guyssssss. It was food heaven. You know what? This is the real reason to stay here. None of the other reasons even matter.

And no, I’m not talking about some dinky all-you-can-eat buffet. I’m talking about a legit Swedish smörgåsbord. I didn’t take nearly enough photos, so I don’t have pictures all of the food, but here’s a sample of our breakfast feast.

Best Western Plus Time Hotel | Stockholm | The Travel Medley

Piping hot crêpes!

Best Western Plus Time Hotel | Stockholm | The Travel Medley

Salmon, herring, ham, and cheese! Swedish crispbread and spreads galore! Fresh fruits and vegetables!

Best Western Plus Time Hotel | Stockholm | The Travel Medley

Double shots of yogurt drink!

Best Western Plus Time Hotel | Stockholm | The Travel Medley

An iPad-powered, touch-screen drink dispenser! (With exotic juice! What is that! Who knows!)

Best Western Plus Time Hotel | Stockholm | The Travel Medley

Coffee, tea, and SO MANY pastries. I wanted desperately to try one of each of the pastries. (I didn’t. But I wanted to.)

It was all so good. We literally didn’t eat lunch any of the days we stayed here, because we completely gorged ourselves on breakfast. I was having some serious flashbacks to our smörgåsbord dinner on the overnight boat from Helsinki to Stockholm. And I was not upset about it. AT ALL.

So while I still don’t love hotels, this place reminded me that every once in a while, it’s good to break your own travel rules. There’s definitely a time and place for hotels when traveling, and this was an awesome place to stay with Michael’s fam for a few nights.

{Of note: I’m not getting paid, and I don’t get any sort of kickback for recommending this place. But I would seriously recommend the Best Western Plus Time Hotel in Stockholm for the breakfast alone. I will have dreams about that breakfast for the rest of my life. And breakfast dreams are the best dreams.}

 

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